Monday, 21 August, 2017

Local airman in Guam tells family not to fret about North Korea

Tillerson Says Not to Worry Pacific Air Forces Ready to 'Fight Tonight' Guam: Small But Important Piece of US Territory in Pacific
Dexter Carr | 12 August, 2017, 00:25

"We don't know what's going to happen".

Lewis says she hasn't been able to speak with her son in depth much, but they have been texting.

According to the U.S. Pacific Command, the drill will include 500 Marines and 18 aircraft operating out of the 35th Fighter Wing at Misawa Air Base, on the northern tip of the island of Honshu.

Aside from this contingency plan, de Borja said his consulate office is working closely with the Philippine community in Guam, and he does not want to issue any statement that was not synchronized with Guam.

North Korea threatened to shoot four missiles into the sea off Guam after heated exchanges with the United States over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.

Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesperson Robespierre Bolivar said that contingency plans have been prepared to ensure the safety of overseas Filipino workers should North Korea launch a missile strike on Guam island.

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Meanwhile, Guam's homeland security adviser George Charfauros urged calm and said defences were in place.

As for a contingency plan, de Borja said it would be evacuation.

"I'm pro military buildup", said resident Gus Aflague, 60, whose grandfather and brother both joined the U.S. Navy. But residents are increasingly anxious over Washington's escalating war of words with North Korea.

North Korean state media reported on Thursday plans for the strike would be ready by mid-August and will await the orders of the "commander-in-chief of the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) nuclear force", understood to be Kim Jong Un.

It's not the first time North Korea has threatened Guam, which is a crucial, strategic hub for USA forces in the Pacific. It is one of 17 non-self-governing territories of the United States. In 2013, state media cited leader Kim Jong Un as having ordered his military to prepare plans on launching strikes on US military bases in Guam, Hawaii and South Korea as well as the American mainland.

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